TWRA prepares to crack down on BUI offenders on area waterways

TWRA prepares to crack down on BUI offenders on area waterways

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Dozens of TWRA officers are undergoing extensive training this week to help them better detect DUI offenders. Dozens of TWRA officers are undergoing extensive training this week to help them better detect DUI offenders.
TWRA brought in several volunteers to Wednesday’s training, whom they provided with a measured amount of alcohol that brought them close to the legal limit of .08. TWRA brought in several volunteers to Wednesday’s training, whom they provided with a measured amount of alcohol that brought them close to the legal limit of .08.
The officers then had to question them and submit them to a field sobriety test. The officers then had to question them and submit them to a field sobriety test.
By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - Boating season is getting underway in Tennessee and with the influx of people heading out to area lakes and rivers, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is working to keep everyone as safe as possible out on the water.

They’re cracking down on people who may be boating under the influence.

Dozens of TWRA officers are undergoing extensive training this week to help them better detect DUI offenders.

They hold the BUI training every year just prior to the start of boating season, gathering to sharpen their skills when it comes to catching boaters who’ve been drinking.

They met Wednesday at the TWRA Region 4 Office in Morristown.

They say nationwide, about one third of all boating accidents are the result of alcohol use.

"Folks that would never drink and drive a vehicle won't think twice about getting behind the wheel of a boat and operating it under the influence,” said TWRA Officer Matt Cameron.

Cameron says BUI offenders put other boater’s lives at risk.

That’s why the training is so important, as ensuring boating safety is the number one goal of the TWRA.

“We're talking about human lives. We're talking about the safety and well-being of our boaters on the state's waterways,” said Cameron.

After reviewing TWRA’s BUI enforcement procedures, the officers were put to a “wet lab” test.

TWRA brought in several volunteers to Wednesday’s training, whom they provided with a measured amount of alcohol that brought them close to the legal limit of .08.

The officers then had to question them and submit them to a field sobriety test.

"We let our officers run them through field sobriety tests to practice and better identify people that are at that illegal level,” said Cameron.

It’s training they will use in real life this boating season, to help keep Tennessee waterways safe from offenders.

"We're out there trying to detect those impaired operators, get them off the water and hold them accountable for what they've done,” said Cameron.

The training continues on Thursday with officers from Knox and Loudon counties.

More online:
For more information on boating season, including safety tips, visit TWRA’s website.

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